Welcome to the sixth Bead Soup Blog Hop. My partner is Vonna, she sent a gorgeous glass bead she made.I think that is one of the best perks of BSBH, I get to use beautiful handmade components I wouldn't have otherwise owned.
I knew immediately what I wanted to do with the focal.I used some of the chain Vonna sent, added some leftover snippets of chain I had & made a tassel with a wire wrapped loop. Originally I wanted to put this charm on a plain soldered 8 g brass bangle.Sadly, that idea didn't work, my micro torch would ball the solder up, but wouldn't melt it any further~ No Solder For You! Plan B was wrapping the unsoldered bangle with sari silk then wire wrapping the charm over that. While I miss the free floating aspect of a charm on a bangle, I really like wearing this.
Vonna sent three different clasps, a little brass toggle w/ beautiful detailing & coordinating beads, a BIG brass toggle & a really intriguing little copper clasp. I was drawn to the biggest clasp, but I didn't want to use it in the expected way.I subbed out the circular half for the wooden disc Vonna sent. Now all I needed was something strung that needed to be fastened. I used the ovals I received & added some citrine, pink impression jasper & some wood from India.I drilled the wooden disc & knotted everything w/ waxed linen.
This is where I was stuck.I was still trying to make the first bracelet work & had a lot of soup left to use.I liked the other focal, but I didn't know what to do with it.Then I thought about the pearls I had sent Vonna. I put some of those next to the stone & really liked them together.I got out my silk & went old school. Hand knotted w/ a vintage clasp.
It felt strange not to make a pair of earrings so I turned to the beads used in the multi strand bracelet. I added a different sari silk,some copper washers & large kidney wires.
I still have some beads I didn't use(yet) but I'm happy w/ the four pieces I made.
Thanks again to Lori, our fabulous hostess. Here's a link to the page w/ all the July 28th reveals.